Updated 05/27/2003!! - Please scroll down to see more!

Welcome to the 4th Degree website.  We are a Seattle-based smooth-jazz/jazz-rock band. The 4th Degree plays an exhilarating mixture of familiar and original contemporary jazz with occasional side trips into pop, rock and funk

We've got THREE gigs in July!!!!

July 12th - Return to the Celtic Bayou

July 25th - Pacific NW Arts Fair in Bellevue

July 26th - Covington Days Street Fair

Updated 05/27/2003!!

[New!]4th Degree to return to the Celtic Bayou 7/12/2003

We will be playing again at a relatively new place in Redmond on Saturday July 12, 2003.  Yes, that's right, the Celtic Bayou - your standard English Cajun fare!

We had a great time in April, and are lucky enough to have been invited back in July.  The food and the beer are superb.

Check out their website at http://www.celticbayou.com/default.asp

[New!] 4th Degree to play at Pacific Northwest Arts Festival in Bellevue - July 25, 2003

4th Degree will be the Eastside Art Festival in Bellevue - put on by the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue Square and US Bank.  Come join us in this classic art-oriented street fair.  We will be playing in the early evening (all we know at this point!).

The Pacific Northwest Art Fair website is (not much there yet...):   http://www.wmgallery.com/bellevue/

[New!] 4th Degree to play at Covington Days - July 26, 2003

4th Degree will be playing the Covington Days festival.  We will play at 7:00PM following Michael Powers.

The official website is:  http://www.covingtondays.com/

[New!]4th Degree live jazz - New Photos

Photos from the last few performances are now up on the site! Including IKEA, KWJZ Summer Jazz Cruise, PAWS 2002, and a couple of private parties....

[New!] 4th Degree in the Studio!

The 4th Degree is currently in the studio working on it's first CD!  There are a few rough test cuts to listen to...

The 4th Degree

Jazz Rock.. Fusion.. Smooth Jazz ... all terms which describe a genre of music more sophisticated and soothing than rock ‘n roll but more contemporary and accessible than traditional or “straight ahead" jazz. Terms that all come close to describing “The 4th Degree". Seattle’s hottest new original sound quintet.


Founding members Leonard Jackson on guitar, Chip Erickson on keyboards and Mike Shaw on drums first formed the group in fall 1997 with members Mark Crouter on basses joining in early 1999 and Paul Fessenden on saxes and flute joining in 2001.  


Whether playing familiar favorites by artists such as Steely Dan, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington, or jazz classics by Miles Davis, Chick Corea or Weather Report the true essence of the music is embraced and embellished by The 4th Degree’s musicianship and passion for the songs they play.


The 4th Degree also seasons their sets with a unique range of original jazz.  Songs such as the bossa nova groove “Perils in Paradise” or the haunting hues of “Shoreview Park” to the tribute to Roy Ayers, "Royal Ayers".  The 4th Degree….the perfect blend of jazz and funk; familiar and original, danceable, upbeat and laidback.


Check out the website - we have pictures, samples of our music and bios of the members.


Contact Information

We can be reached either via snail-mail or email....

Postal address
P.O.Box 147 Lynnwood,WA 98046
Electronic mail
General Information: mailto:the4thdegree@hotmail.com
Webmaster: mailto:mcrouter@concur.com

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